Originally Answered: My son has mild autism and was advised to drink medicine, but he refuses to drink. any techniques?
Autism, generally speaking, is not fully treatable by prescription meds, they only mask the underlying root cause and can have some nasty side effects.
Concerta, is a form of methylphenidate, a drug used to treat ADHD. Most children on the spectrum do NOT respond well to ADHD drugs, it can make them worse. ADHD and Autism are similar in some ways, but also very different. We tried my 8y old son w/ autism on 4 different ADHD drugs before we just gave up...they did not work for him, and they ususally don't for any child on the spectrum.
How old is your son?
As a mom who has tried Rx drugs and seen them fail, and cause other problems and mask the real problem, I would not recommend you give this to your child. But that is a decision you and your husband must make together.
Treating a child w/ autism requires a holistic approach, comprised of:
Dietary intervention: look into the GFCF diet (http://www.bbbautism.com/biomedical/beginning_the_gfcf_diet.htm) this site will give you tips on how to get started and also signs/symptoms to look for to see if your child will benefit from this diet.
Avoid foods that have artificial ingredients like preservatives, colors/dyes (have been linked to agressiveness, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness in children), artificial flavors, MSG (has been linked to Alzheimer's, which closely resembles Autism, just at different stages of life), cut out high fructose corn syrup, and Aspartame.
Limit sugar intake.
Stick to a diet rich in whole, natural foods, lean meats...try to buy organics, they have not had pesticides used on them.
Kids w/ autism have a system that has been compromised by many, many environmental factors and genetics....that is why it is important to limit/avoid contact w/ as much of this stuff as possible.
The second part of this, after diet is supplementing with the right combination of vitamins, minerals, and Essential Fatty Acids. A DAN! practitioner can help you with this.
Another part, is Therapy...this could be speech, Occupational or Physical therapy, depending on your child's needs. ABA therapy is also very important.
I feel I can tell you all of this because we are doing all of this w./ my son....we have been doing biomed intervention w/ him for almost 2 months, and he has already made some progress.
Less stuttering, better behavior, eating better, more aware of his surroundings, asking more questions, doing better in school. There is more, but I don't want to write a book here...lol!
Biomedical works for these kids, find a DAN! doc.
( a good article on what biomed is all about).
Read this book, it really helped me to understand what is going w/ my son's body.
Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies
The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders
By Dr. Kenneth Bock, M.D. and Cameron Stauth
I hope all of this info helps you, best wishes!